Apollo Bay School Garden

Sandy loam the base of Apollo Bay P-12 College’s garden and food program

vic-dn-apollobayvic-dn-uselearningycompDescription: Beautiful rich, friable, productive, healthy sandy loam.
20- 50 cm deep topsoil.
Ideal 6.5 pH for most foods

Location: Almost flat, very slight slope,
on a part of the school not farmed previously, garden began in 2012

 vic-dn-manintensivecompValues for this soil in the education of our students from grades 3 (8 years old) to grade 8 (13 years old):
– Soil is the foundation of life, without it we’re stuffed
Food doesn’t grow on supermarket shelves- it comes from soil.
– ‘real’ life skills
– a wide range of garden tasks, including harvesting and
cooking the produce just picked for their lunch.
Healthy seasonal food with no food miles – Lunches of 3 – 4 courses. Nearly 100 meals weekly from our garden.

“……..To love soil requires that we see more than dirt. It requires that we become intimately involved with soil – see its life and its beauty, smell its rich aroma, hear its voice.” Kirschenman 1997

vic-dn-apollobay-hothouseManagement of the soil for the challenge of intensively growing fresh food for the school community through the year:
Maintaining 6.5 pH– closely monitored and acidification is remedied with lime (calcium carbonate).
Replenishing nutrientsCompost (seaweed, pea-straw, autumn leaves), manure, worm juice added throughout the year
– Suppressing weeds, and encourage worms – mulching
Moisture needs – mulching and watering system and mounded beds

See more about
–  this Apollo Bay school garden  and as LN post discussion
– composting and worms from Beautiful Soil Soil Selfies from Horsham, in the Wimmera-Mallee, Australia
– about involving children in learning about soils from Kilmore vegie patch, Australia

Credits:  Dave Nelson, of Apollo Bay P-12 College, gives permission for these photos and information to be used under a (cc) license 2015
Editing and page created by Jeanie Clark, enviroed4all®, Warracknabeal, for use in education under a (cc) licence 2015

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page set up 13 October 2015, updated 9 January 2016